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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Mountain ViewCandidate for City Council

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Ellen Kamei

Legislative District Director
11,916 votes (19%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Housing - I will advocate for a variety of sensible and balanced solutions to our housing crisis, including encouraging all types of housing units, building infrastructure and open space with development to ensure functionality within neighborhoods.
  • Quality of Life - I will ensure that we preserve our past while building our future with sustainable living for families through multi-modal transportation to alleviate traffic congestion, expansion of our parks system, and increasing our tree canopy
  • Public Safety - I will empower police, firefighters, and first responders with appropriate policies, resources, and training to keep Mountain View safe.



Profession:Legislative District Director/Commissioner
District Director, California State Assembly (2017–current)
Commissioner, City of Mountain View's Environmental Planning Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)
Policy Aide, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors (2013–2017)
International City/County Management Local Government Management Fellow, City of Fremont (2011–2013)


Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Certificate, State and Local Government Program for Senior Executives in Leadership Program (2015)
University of Pennsylvania Masters of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Politics (2011)
American University Certificate, WeLead Program, Women and Politics Institute (2009)
University of California, Santa Barbara Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English (2005)

Community Activities

Board Member, Leadership Mountain View (2014–current)
Board Member, Mountain View Public Safety Foundation (2017–current)
Volunteer, Mountain View Firefighters Random Acts (2013–current)
Member, Mountain View Historical Association (2015–current)
Member, League of Women Voters of Los Altos-Mountain View (2015–current)


I’ve spent years contributing to our City of Mountain View as a community volunteer, public policy professional, and Environmental Planning Commissioner including Chair. I’ve worked to ensure that as we change and grow, Mountain View maintains its unique character, diversity, and high quality of life.

As a third generation Mountain View resident and granddaughter of small business owners, I understand and love this community. Our City needs multi-modal transportation options, solutions for our vehicle dweller population, pragmatic ways to address environmental sustainability, and access to open space and parks that are walkable and bikeable.

As your councilmember, I will work to keep our neighborhoods safe with excellent public safety services, increase housing options for middle-income residents, and retain a family-oriented community. I understand that part of the solution will be collaborating with our regional partners, with whom I’ve worked with in my extensive professional career at all levels of government. Your voice is the most important, and I hope to bring it to City Hall.


Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (4)

  • Sierra Club
  • Mountain View Firefighters, Local 1965
  • South Bay Labor Council
  • Mountain View Police Officers Association

Elected Officials (3)

  • Anna Eshoo
  • Jerry Hill
  • Marc Berman

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